Sony F800 XDCAM HD Camcorder


The PDW-F800 camcorder is by far HotCams most popular camera. Offering shoulder mount, multi-format recording and shooting on Sony's reliable XDCAM disks, the F800 is arguably the most reliable camcorder available. It is equipped with three 2/3-inch type CCDs and a Power HAD FX progressive CCD with 1920 x 1080 effective pixels. The PDW-F800 offers very high quality HD recording at a data rate of up to 50Mbps using the MPEG-2 4:2:2 compression. It also provides multi-format recording flexibility including 1080i, 720P and SD, which comes with HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080i and 720P.

Using HotCam's 'Mobile Broadcast System' the F800 has been turned from a reliable ENG camera to a powerful studio camera. By using the internal recording function on the F800 and adding fibre optic technology, we have made a fully racked and studio compatible system which not only surpasses the quality you would expect from a studio OB but gives you ISOs of every camera at no extra cost (except the cost of the disc!). To find out more from about the 'MBS' click here.


Technical specifications: 
Recording format

MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL) (CBR: 50 Mb/s) MPEG HD (MPEG-2 MP@HL): HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s) SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s) LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) - playback only MPEG IMX (MPEG-2 422P@ML) (50/40/30 Mb/s) DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)


XDCam Disc


(PAL) MPEG HD422: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25P 1280 x 720/50P MPEG HD: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25P 1280 x 720/50P MPEG IMX: 50i DVCAM: 50i


3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs

Lens Mount

2/3-inch type bayonet mount